I am really pleased to announce that I have been selected to exhibit in the Open Exhibition for the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Draw 19. I created a drawing specifically for this exhibition and took inspiration from a unplanned photoshoot that I did earlier this year on Cannock Chase. My selected drawing, ‘Waiting’, is based on a similar area to my watercolour, ‘Frozen Earth’ and captures a very quiet and frosty scene in the forest. I’m looking forward to seeing the show in London and meeting the other artists.
I am pleased to announce my ink drawing, ‘Fragments’, has been selected to appear in the Three Counties Open Art 2019. This piece depicts the remains of a World War 2 pillbox found on a beach in Northumberland near Ashington. This large concrete structure cuts a strange silhouette on the landscape and pieces of it can be found strewn across the beach. From a holiday makers point of view it’s an eyesore but on the other hand it’s a fascinating glimpse into history. A number of names have been drawn on the concrete mixing recent history with old. The exhibition runs from the 27th July until the 26th August at The Burslem School of Art.
I am currently preparing for my exhibition with Jemma Gunning which starts in September. The show is also called Fragments which relates to the themes running through both our work (we’re both fascinated by dereliction and abandonment). Whilst selecting work for the show I decided to revisit my painting of RAF Seighford as I had felt for some time that it needed some extra work. The changes I have made are subtle but noticeable and it is now a stronger piece.
I am currently organising giclee prints for some of my work. These will be available from myself and selected galleries. More information on this soon.
I recently found out that I have had work accepted into two Open Exhibitions.
Firstly, my paintings ‘The Shack’ and ‘XA’ have been accepted in the annual Open All Media Exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham. It’s been a while since I entered this show and so I’m looking forward to attending the private view to see the other work and meet the artists.
Secondly my paintings ‘Clearcut’ and ‘Clearcut II’ and my ink drawing ‘Entrance’ have all been accepted into the Open Exhibition at Brampton Museum and Art Gallery. This show has become more popular since the closure of the Shire Hall Gallery and now that the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery no longer run an open competition.
It’s always a pleasure to get into these competitions and it’s impossible to know whether you’ll be successful beforehand. I’m planning on trying the RBA one next.
After a relatively quiet December i will be back to my busy creative life working on a number of different projects. Firstly i have an ongoing sketchbook project sharing drawings and ideas with Jo Walton and Karen Wicks which aims to capture the atmosphere of quiet spaces. This may result in an exhibition or further collaborations.
I also have a number of Open Exhibitions that i intend to enter. I did well last year getting work in the New English Art Club (London), RWA Bristol and the Three Counties show in Stoke-on-Trent.
I am also building up a new collection of work based on abandonment and dereliction which will combine both urban and natural landscapes in different media. I’m currently working a lot in ink which i’m enjoying. This work will result in an exhibition with Jemma Gunning, a Bristol based artist and urban explorer.
I will also be busy with my art classes and workshops, details of which are on this website. Lots to do!
I have just found out that my recent painting, ‘XA II’ has made it through the final round of the RWA Open Exhibition. This is the first time I have exhibited there and in fact anywhere in Bristol so it’s nice to be branching out. I’m really pleased with the painting and am looking forward to seeing the other work and meeting the artists.
The RWA Open runs from the 7th October to the 25th November 2018.
I am currently finishing off my current commission and will then be working towards my show next year.
My Aonach Mor paintings are now on show in the latest exhibition at the new Guildhall Pop Up Art Gallery in Stafford. The gallery show Staffordshire based artists and craftspeople and it's well worth a visit.
My recent "Signing Off" painting is currently part of the Autumn Exhibition at Reuben Colley Fine Art. This is a mixed show featuring some of the artists represented by the gallery. Again, very much worth a visit.
I am currently working on another urban landscape which is developing nicely.
Some of my work will appear in this years Christmas exhibition at Reuben Colley Fine Art in Birmingham. This will include my two recent paintings of Aonach Mor. The exhibition also features work by other artists represented by the gallery and it will no doubt be a good show. It runs from the 5th December to the 7th January.
To coincide with the summer time the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford are holding an exhibition entitled "Coast" which features work by various artists who have responded to the theme. My Whitesands paintings are included and are nicely situated on the first wall as you walk into the space. The exhibition runs until early September.
I am currently finishing off my painting of the New Navigation Inn and will soon be taking a trip to Scotland where i will find fresh inspiration for a new body of work. The plan at the moment is to respond to the mountains.
My art classes with Stafford College are taking a break at the moment and will resume mid September. The art class at Gainsborough Artworks will relocate to Haughton Village Hall as of the 7th September. Details for all classes can be found in the teaching area of the website.
The Woodland exhibition is now on at Reuben Colley Fine Art gallery in Birmingham. It features my drawings and paintings of Cannock Chase. I am very happy with how the show looks and am delighted that a few pieces have sold quite quickly - the response has been very positive. This work has been a pleasure to make and it taps into my love of nature and connection to the forest which i have visited all my life.
The exhibition also features work by Reuben Colley who has produced drawings and paintings of Sutton Park and a few pieces by Mark Godwin and Mircea Teleaga.
I am currently working on a commission off the back of the exhibition as well as finishing off a painting of a Birmingham pub.
I'm planning on a trip to Scotland later this year to gain inspiration for a new body of work. Possibly mountains......